System Update for Unicode Links

16 Oct

We just pushed out a major system update which touches upon almost every area of the site. The update allowed us to fix problems with category titles only containing non-Latin based characters such as those from most Asian countries and also introduced support for all accented letter in our auto-generated story links to improve search engine indexing by the likes of Google.

Due to the scope of the changes, please report to us any and all broken links that used to work before these updates.


  1. Allow categories to be created and accessible using only non-Latin characters. (Improved multi-lingual support)
  2. Allow auto-generated story, forum, and community links to contain non-Latin based characters and Latin characters with accents.  (Improved multi-lingual support)


  • There was a problem with forum posting for about 30 minutes yesterday due to a 3rd party software bug of which we are continuing to investigate.

Posted by on 10/16/2012 in upgrade


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44 responses to “System Update for Unicode Links

  1. Amber

    10/16/2012 at 9:23 am

    I can not get fanfiction to load on my mobile today. It was working fine last night, now it just loads a blank page. When do you think it will work again?

  2. LaughingPrincess88

    10/16/2012 at 5:43 pm

    I was wondering if cookies will be re-enabled for authors and chapter updates at some point. It’s a little confusing since right now it’s easy to forget that you’ve read a new chapter when the tag doesn’t change color.

  3. N

    10/16/2012 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the update!!

    *And uhm, IF it’s not much trouble can you… uhm… allow for the forums to have like subtopics or something like that??

  4. Tate

    10/16/2012 at 8:55 pm

    Sorry, my comment is unrelated to this system update, but I’d like to make two requests. One is to allow for the option of sorting authors alphabetically in Favorite Stories and Story Alerts rather than just to filter by a specific author, and the second is to allow for category sorting in communities. Thanks for the great site!

  5. Guest

    10/17/2012 at 1:22 am

    Is it true that /all/ second-person fics are banned from the site, or only interactive ones? Second-person is a legitimate narrative style, not synonymous with an interactive fic, and banning it seems to be a ridiculous attempt at censorship. Not allowing adult stories is one thing, this is quite another.

    • yemi hikari

      10/18/2012 at 9:12 pm

      Some people say yes, some people say no. I suggest siding with caution and not posting second person at all until the site admins say otherwise. Some people will report anything that has second person in it because the site admins aren’t very clear about what they mean by interactive.

  6. ShikiKira

    10/17/2012 at 2:38 am

    Glad for the update. I haven’t gotten any problems yet, but is there any chance of a second category added into the sorting for Alerts and Favorites? I know I’ve requested a couple of times in previous posts; but it is getting a bit frustrating to have to sort through hundreds of stories to find the one you want especially for crossover readers. With a single category sorting, it leaves out stories that do not have the selected category as the main one and it doesn’t tell us which stories are crossovers. Adding in the second category sorter/filter will identify the crossovers that have a second category set in by the author and cut down the amount of stories that crossover readers have in specific categories. I really hope this addition would be added in the near future or at least get a response about it.

    • yemi hikari

      10/18/2012 at 9:13 pm

      Seconded. I’ve also noticed that if you have a crossover, only the story that comes first will appear on your list of fandoms that you have written for.

  7. The Lemon Squisher

    10/17/2012 at 8:29 am

    It seems to me, that you people have become lax in enforcing your own rules. Go to any section pick a story and select one under the “M” rating and you’ll find tons of pornography of the “MA” rating disguised as “M” rating stories. I find it appalling that when I report these stories which violate the rules that instead of taking quick action to remove them, you ignore me. There are literary thousands of members of your good website willfully violating the rules and dumping their smut on there when you people have stressed over and over that it is not allowed. Here are a few examples of said violations(warning not for the faint of heart):

    These ‘stories’ if you could call them that, all have one thing in common they are nothing but tasteless pornography written by members of who have no respect for your rules and disregard them on a regular basis. What bothers me the most is that kids aged 13 and up could come on here and be exposed to this garbage! Please do the right thing and not only dispose of the tripe I sent you links to, and take more incentive to get rid of other trash like this or else there might be trouble when angry parents demand you remove your website for having inappropriate Content on it!

  8. Mag

    10/17/2012 at 9:46 am

    Please get back to answering abuse reports in a prompt manner instead of letting the problem get out of control. I’m doing my part reporting, now it’s your turn to do yours be removing the stories instead of waiting months or years to do it. I’m going to post this comment every time you post a new blog entry until you start doing it. I can’t believe you won’t allow my comments either but someone who actually threatened your web site, not only did you allow that comment but it’s still there. Unbelievable.

  9. Miss Priss

    10/17/2012 at 2:20 pm

    Thank your for the updates and for all of your hard work

    I’ve asked this question before, but I really feel the need to ask it again: Are you ever going to do anything, anything at all, about the Real Person Fiction on this site? If you plan on changing the rules to allow it, could you please do so? If not, could you PLEASE give us reviewers a bit of back-up by deleting some of the stories we report?

    The stories about One Direction, Black Veil Brides, My Chemical Romance, Josh Hutcherson and Kendall Schmidt are taking over entire categories and burying the stories that are actually ALLOWED here. And some of the writers (especially 1D fans) are particularly vicious when reminded of the rules.

    Please, make a decision on this matter.

    Thank you.

    • yemi hikari

      10/18/2012 at 9:32 pm

      I am going to second this along with asking that the reports dealing with original fiction being posted to the site be taken care of. I’ve gone into the misc. categories and the entire front page is mostly rule breaking fanfics. Many of the people are also using the excuse that other people are doing it and thus they shouldn’t have to remove their stories.

      • Miss Priss

        10/22/2012 at 12:27 pm

        I have to agree with yemi hikari on this matter, The misc. categories on fanfiction are a waste of space because they are crammed full of original fiction, personal journals and author’s announcements (and more One Direction, of course). I can’t remember the last time I found anything in Misc. Books that was actually based on any published work of fiction — in fact, I have even had authors tell me that their work isn’t based on an original book, it IS an original book, which is why they put it in that category.

        Is there any possibility that you could lock those categories for a few weeks while you clean them out, and then make an announcement about just exactly what does and does NOT belong in there?

        I would also like to know if your have any rules or restrictions about the number of accounts one person can have? I know there is only one account per email address, but I also know of members here who have as many as a dozen separate “sock” accounts that they use to harrass authors who have blocked them. Is that a violation of any rule?

      • yemi hikari

        10/26/2012 at 2:25 am

        I thought about asking the admins to lock down the categories, but didn’t know how it would be taken. However, I have to honestly second the lock down of the misc. categories until they are cleaned up of all the rule breaking fanfics.

        I don’t believe there is a rule against creating multiple accounts, which is why people create joint accounts, accounts for their satirical/parody work and accounts for the badfic they write for the fun of it. However, there is the rule about respecting the reviewer and the writer, so if they are creating multiple accounts for the purpose of harrassing other users then they are in fact breaking site rules.

      • Miss Priss

        10/26/2012 at 7:22 am

        Then I wish for something to be done on that matter as well. The member who runs the Defense in Numbers forum, for example, used 7 separate accounts to torture a member into quitting her forum.and taking down her storiess, and she finally quit the site. Admins need to look into that kind of harrassment.

        We’ve all heard about IP bans. Maybe the site should have uniform enforcement of those. Like, if the same author gets a story removed X number of times means automatic ban. An author who posts an obvious offensive trollfic earns an IP ban. And any member who specifically harrasses another member with multiple account earns a ban. I am not referring to critics who leave negative reviews or forums that report stories — I am referring to members who specifically zero in one person and pick away with PMs and spam reviews despite all efforts to block them.

  10. While

    10/17/2012 at 2:49 pm

    I have seen someone posting stories that are not theirs on the Warrior Cats fandom. The links provided are their writing, and the other links are of the original author’s stories. Please take these down, as they have been stolen from the original authors.
    One story, here’s the link to the actual author:

    See, this author has stolen those exact words. Please, please take these down D:

  11. Atem's Sister Atea

    10/17/2012 at 11:45 pm

    The new update is nice and all, but what I’d like to know is when you’ll let us sort our Favorites and Story Alerts lists by author alphabetically again. The Single-Author sort option is nice and all, but I miss having ALL my stories listed by author alphabetically. Can you give us that option back please?

  12. Hatake Kai

    10/18/2012 at 3:11 am

    Whenever I check to go to a new chapter, a 403 forbidden error message pops up.

    • Xing

      10/18/2012 at 9:53 pm

      Fixed. See our latest blog post. 1

  13. Jovy

    10/18/2012 at 4:40 am

    I can’t log in to my account both in web and mobile and some stories has a broken links.

  14. jnl94

    10/18/2012 at 1:25 pm

    A forum I participate in is not working properly. Threads with a number in the title aren’t opening as they should. Those threads with numbers open to a blank page, but the other threads without numbers in the title open just fine. I don’t know if it’s all forums or what, but it is very annoying and problematic considering we can’t open the threads.

    • Xing

      10/18/2012 at 9:52 pm

      You need to let us know the actual forum link that has this problem.

    • Xing

      10/18/2012 at 10:04 pm

      fixed. check updated blog post.

  15. katie

    10/18/2012 at 4:24 pm

    Where did the twilight fanficton The Training go. I was only on the third chapter.

  16. IGDLTV

    10/18/2012 at 4:45 pm

    my mobile device is: android phone. Using Dolphin Browser.

    Error in almost every link in mobile Site.

    “403 Forbidden

    Access to this resource on the server is denied!

    Powered By LiteSpeed Web Server LiteSpeed Technologies is not responsible for administration and contents of this web site! ”

    Sometimes reloading the page solve the error, sometimes doesn’t.

    Please fix soon. Thanks.

  17. lana

    10/18/2012 at 6:03 pm

    Fanfiction will not work on my moble any more can you fix that!!! please!! asap!!

    • Xing

      10/18/2012 at 9:51 pm

      Fixed. See our latest blog post.

      • While

        10/19/2012 at 7:26 am

        Can you please delete those stories that are posted in the link provided? It’s really beginning to irritate readers who have stuck with the original author…

  18. Ayim

    10/19/2012 at 5:41 am

    OK, since yesterday and the day before I can’t gain access to my favorite stories via my profile page. I was out looking since it was faster to search for my account on the search box and click on my penname then see what stories have updated. But now, I can’t … well…see it. It’s also in my fictionpress account and all it reveals is the stories that I have published. Also, it does not work in my Favorite authors.

    Please fix it soon.

  19. Kagrulez

    10/22/2012 at 7:42 pm

    So, I tried updating another chapter to one of my stories but for some reason the Document Manager doesn’t have either one of my stories that I have been working on anymore. What should I do? How can I get it back up without having to delete the first two stories and start over? I could really use some help.

  20. brels7

    11/04/2012 at 9:52 am

    wish you had a box where you could check read in favorites..I love your site thanks

  21. XxmikoxkogaxX

    11/05/2012 at 10:58 am

    Have anyone thought about a Fictionpress app?

  22. Googie

    11/09/2012 at 9:50 am

    How does one get a response to whether or not an update can be made for something, or even how to do a specific function on the site? The contact information for support questions lists the ‘’ address. I’ve sent multiple emails to this address, dating back to last April, and have yet to receive even a canned response. I get that maybe my suggestion/request can’t be accommodated, but I’d just really like someone to TELL me that with some sort of a response. How does a person get assistance on this site? I’m getting increasingly frustrated with each subsequent email that I sent that apparently gets ignored.

  23. Bai purwanto kawaiiii

    11/11/2012 at 12:22 am

    Napasnya begitu panjang,dia ingin mengatakan sesutu!

  24. Alice odinson

    11/11/2012 at 9:20 am

    I’m trying to post my new story but I can’t find were I post it on it, I’m sorry I’m new on fan fiction.

  25. Tiffany Su

    11/30/2012 at 6:38 pm

    I was wondering how you create a joint account.

  26. Red

    12/06/2012 at 11:06 pm

    How do i even start writing on I dont know how to get started. It says i’m already logged as 1stSoulVamp but i cant even write.

  27. Jaycen

    12/11/2012 at 11:30 pm

    I didn’t know where else to post this, but could you make an update (I suppose it would count as a system update; like you did for iphone) to be able to post stories via the copy-and-paste method on mobile/android?

  28. SHJ

    12/13/2012 at 8:09 pm

    How do you add characters in the character options under a certain archive?
    There are some characters that need to be added. Not to mention there are characters who appeared once that are mentioned but not those who appeared little more than once such as Gourdy the Genie under The Smurfs category. There are several characters that needed to be added for the Alvin and the Chipmunks archive: Mrs. Frumpington, Clyde Crashcup, Sam Valiant, Miss (Beatrice) Miller, Marsha, “Uncle” Harry, Ian Hawke, Claire Wilson, Zoe, Tobey Seville and Aunt Jackie.

    • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

      01/05/2013 at 5:00 am

      For character additions, you have to e-mail FF support and tell them what needs adding. Instructions are on the Help page of the site.

  29. Chasity Carroll

    07/26/2013 at 8:48 pm

    The recent update doesn’t work when you apply complete in the filter.

  30. Nicole Lester (AKA) Saphieralynn

    07/31/2013 at 12:06 pm

    I would like to know what’s going on because every time I try and get into my main page I can’t. I have been with for quiet a long time and would like to b able to log into my main page to be able to fix the stories I have up with out saying it is not responding I have done everything I can think of on my part to fix the problem but nothing is working I see that you all have been doing updates and everything but am wondering why I am unable to get into my site while everyone else is able to get into there’s an update there stories and all that. PLEAS HELP ME.


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